Friday, November 8, 2013

A Sunny Dresser

I picked up this dirty white dresser (below) months ago for a song at my local thrift store. Except for one of the drawer faces sagging a little, it was in excellent, albeit grimy, condition. I brought it home and plunked it down in the living room. I gave it a brief - extremely brief - wipe, and it has been sitting there ever since.


As you might imagine, once I commenced with my colour quest, one of the first things on the agenda was to paint the dirty white dresser.

It took a day to do. One little day. And I even did other stuff in between. Like shower and eat stuff. Painting a dresser - or any furniture - is not like painting a room. It doesn't really take much time. I always forget that for some reason. As usual, I imagine these little jobs to be much larger and more troublesome than they actually are. But it's a small object when you think about it, and it turns out that I enjoyed my day painting it.

To begin, I gave the dresser a very very thorough scrub and rinse with TSP (trisodium phosphate) solution. I'm always amazed at the amount of dirt on things and find myself making happy exclamations when I discover what things actually look like under the dirt. "Now, don't you clean up nice", I'll say, or "Pleasure to meet you, little dresser." Once it was clean, I grabbed my best paint brush and brushed on one coat of primer and 2 coats of yellow semi-gloss interior latex by Benjamin Moore allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats. The colour was mixed from a CIL paint chip and is known as "Golden Day (35YY 71/474)", FYI. 

When it came down to it, yellow was the only colour that Lo and I could agree on for the dresser, and I had both my fingers and toes crossed that it would turn out okay. I'm so glad it worked out, and I have to say, I'm thrilled with this latest pop of colour in the living room. It's getting sunny in here!



  1. I own almost that exact same dresser, and have been agonizing over what to do with it. DECISION MADE!

  2. Wow! Lots of color! I'll say! Glad it didn't take too long to paint. That's great! Fun coloring adventure, eh?

  3. It looks happy with all the books on it.

  4. Hey you put the drawer pulls back on upside down! It looks cool though and I'm betting you did that intentionally. Nice color. You did a good job. (:

  5. My goddness Michele. Its stunning! I want one.

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  7. I love that colour. My daughter would love to have that dresser.


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